News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday November 13, 2012.
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Sprint was curiously absent when AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon all pledged to release Windows Phone 8 devices this holiday season, but the Now Network says that it will join the Windows Phone 8 bandwagon next year. PCMag reports that it has received the following statement from a Sprint spokesperson:
"Sprint and Microsoft are partnering to bring Windows Phone 8 to Sprint's customers - operating on its 4G LTE network - next year."
The terse statement is confirmation that Sprint will carry Windows Phone 8, something that was not guaranteed when David Owners, director of consumer acquisition at Sprint, said that the company was "bullish" on the operating system but would not commit to selling a device this year. Owens and Sprint were disappointed by the sales of the Windows Phone 7-powered HTC Arrive, and the company spent all of 2012 focused on promoting the Apple iPhone and several Android devices.
Sprint will finally make room for Windows Phone 8 in 2013, but will it be too late then? HTC, Nokia, and Samsung have all chosen November and December as the months that they will aggressively pursue consumers with Windows Phone 8 devices. Windows Phone fans may opt to leave the carrier to purchase one of those devices offered by Sprint's rivals, or existing customers looking for a phone in the near future may opt for an iPhone or Android device. On the other hand, Sprint's decision to wait could benefit the company by allowing it to release a newer device during a period of less competition and focused promotion.source: PCMag
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.